Robert Wilson

Lucie Jansch
Photo: Lucie Jansch

Robert Wilson is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists. Wilson founded the New York-based performance collective “The Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds” in the mid-1960s, and developed his first signature works, including "Deafman Glance" (1970) and "A Letter for Queen Victoria" (1974-1975). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera “Einstein on the Beach” (1976).

Wilson’s artistic collaborators include many writers and musicians such as Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed, Jessye Norman and Anna Calvi. He has also left his imprint on masterworks such as Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Brecht/Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Goethe’s Faust, Homer’s Odyssey, Jean de la Fontaine’s Fables, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and several of Shakespeare’s works.

Wilson's works have been presented around the world in solo and group showings, and his works are held in private collections and museums worldwide. Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu awards, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale a.o.. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the German Academy of the Arts, and holds 8 Honorary Doctorate degrees. France pronounced him Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (2003) and Officer of the Legion of Honor (2014); Germany awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (2014). Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center in Water Mill, New York.

Robert Wilson, „A House for Edwin Denby”, WANÅS 2000, Wanås Konst (SE) © Robert Wilson
Photo: Robert Wilson, „A House for Edwin Denby”, WANÅS 2000, Wanås Konst (SE) © Robert Wilson